honeybee


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Honeybee \Hon"ey*bee`\, n. (Zool.)
   Any bee of the genus Apis, which lives in communities and
   collects honey, esp. the common domesticated hive bee ({Apis
   mellifica}), the Italian bee (Apis ligustica), and the
   Arabiab bee (Apis fasciata). The two latter are by many
   entomologists considered only varieties of the common hive
   bee. Each swarm of bees consists of a large number of workers
   (barren females), with, ordinarily, one queen or fertile
   female, but in the swarming season several young queens, and
   a number of males or drones, are produced.
   [1913 Webster]
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